Norton Reform Letter

February 19, 2002

Secretary Norton, you have the opportunity to benefit communities throughout the West and

around the country by making lasting and important improvements to mining on public lands, according to these principles. The environmentally sustainable and fiscally prudent principles we offer are consistent with every other use of public lands. Thank you for the opportunity to share our principles of meaningful reform of the 1872 Mining Law.

Environmentalists’ Letter to Norton

February 19, 2002

Secretary Norton, you have the opportunity to benefit communities throughout the West and around the country by making lasting and important improvements to mining on public lands, according to these principles. The environmentally sustainable and fiscally prudent principles we offer are consistent with every other use of public lands. Thank you for the opportunity to share our principles of meaningful reform of the 1872 Mining Law.

Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Wells: A Threat to Drinking Water

January 1, 2002 • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council outlining the threats to drinking water posed by hydraulic fracturing; and legislative solutions to minimize the threat.

Preserving our Public Lands

January 1, 2002 • Thomas Darin and Travis Stills

This guide provides concerned citizens and activists with the tools they need to influence key public land decisions concerning oil and gas development on our national forests and on Bureau of Land Management lands.

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Norton Mining Rule

December 1, 2001

On Thursday, October 25th, Secretary of Interior Gale Norton announced that the Bureau of Land Management would revoke the strong 3809 environmental mining rule first published in November 2000, and replace it with much weaker regulations. On Tuesday, October 30th, 2001, the BLM published the new, weak rule in the Federal Register. In doing so, Secretary Norton ignored 97% of public comments, turning her back on Western communities and the environment.

An Alternative Look at a Proposed Mine In Tambogrande, Peru

August 15, 2001 • Robert E. Moran, Ph.D.

Projected impacts of the mine could be severe. Construction of the mine would require the relocation of an estimated 8,000 inhabitants of a total population of between 14,000 and 16,000 people and the diversion of a local river.

Una Mirada Alternativa a la Propuesta de Miner a en Tambogrande, Per

August 15, 2001 • Robert E. Moran, Ph.D.

Los impactos que se proyectan por la explotaci n de la mina son graves. La construcci n de la mina requerir la reubicaci n de aproximadamente 8.000 habitantes de una poblaci n de entre 14.000 a 16.000 personas y la desviaci n del cauce de un r o.

MPC News — summer 2001

July 1, 2001